The aged care royal commission has heard evidence from its first witnesses, with calls by whistleblowers for a national database identifying rogue workers and concerns raised over an “unintentionally complex” aged care system.
The nation’s leading consumer representatives will comprise the first witnesses at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety when hearings get underway next week.
National Seniors Australia, in partnership with RACQ Queensland, has launched pet insurance in recognition of the benefits of pet ownership for older people.
Consumer lobby group National Seniors has launched an online resource to help connect older people to evidence-based information on healthy ageing.
The Commonwealth says it will look at new oversight measures for retirement villages following the Four Corners program, while seniors call for new national regulations.
Aged care peaks welcome stable funding for the sector saying stakeholders now have certainty as they work through numerous ongoing reviews ahead of next stages of reform.
Also in this wrap: Western Australian provider SwanCare appoints Etta Palumbo as its new chair, and consumer lobby group National Seniors appoints Ian Henschke as its chief advocate.
There is no compelling case to change the Accommodation Bond Guarantee Scheme in aged care given most aged care operators have adequate prudential arrangements and the government can already levy industry to recoup costs, providers will tell the Aged Care Funding Authority’s review of the scheme.
Seniors groups have called for improvements to the quality and delivery of information and support given to consumers to help them better understand and exercise choice and control in aged care.
In this story: Merged WA provider appoints CEO; Benetas appoints new research manager; John McCallum to head research at National Seniors; Rae Lamb reappointed Complaints Commissioner.
KinCare appoints Brian Bissaker CEO as Jason Howie steps down; IRT Group appoints new chairman; Chris Guille announced as chair of National Seniors; architects BLP appoint aged care head.
Current workforce arrangements in aged care are not delivering the quality of care older people deserve and expect, consumers have told a Senate inquiry.
Dagmar Parsons takes over from Michael O’Neill as chief executive, while the consumer peak has also appointed Sarah Saunders to the new role of chief advocate to ramp up lobbying.
Leading Age Services Australia appoints a new chief executive officer as it moves to adopt a national model, becoming the third national peak body in the sector to announce a leadership change in recent weeks.